WALTHAM, Mass. – First-half goals by senior Beth Maguire and freshman Meghan Talerman, coupled with a standout defensive effort, enabled Bentley to stun visiting No. 4 Massachusetts-Lowell 2-0 on Thursday.
Facing one of the top scoring teams, senior goalkeeper Julia Powell and the Falcon defense withstood a barrage of second-half shots by the River Hawks to preserve the two-goal advantage. After intermission, shots were 15-0 and UMass-Lowell had a 7-1 edge in penalty corners.
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The defensive unit that recorded Bentley’s third shutout of the season and ended Lowell’s nine-game winning streak also featured senior Kelsey Mattson and juniors Mollie Ricker, Nichole Black and Melissa Martorelli.
Bentley (5-6) jumped on top in the 11th minute with Maguire knocking in a rebound following a Falcon penalty corner. The unassisted tally was her team-leading sixth of the season. About six minutes later, Talerman took the ball into the circle alone and beat Lowell’s Melanie Hopkins for her third score of the year.
Powell, who also blanked Lowell a year ago, finished with eight saves while Hopkins had four.
The River Hawks (10-2), who had won their last 15 games against conference opponents, finished with 12 more shots (19-7) and eight more penalty corners (11-3).